WELCOME BACK: Do you know what happened 100 years ago this coming week? Man flew! Well, not for the first time but a first for powered, heavier than air, manned, gas powered flight. The Wright brothers flew at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina on December 17th, 1903. When we reflect back those hundred years it's pretty
incredible to see what all has transpired since then. Of course the first two groups to jump on the airplane band wagon were the post office and government. Oh, I guess they are one in the same ;-) Any how things progressed pretty fast and is wasn't long before passenger plans were a reality. Then jet aircraft came on the scene. As a side development based on flight we ventured into space. This included a walk on the moon. Since then airplanes have steadily increased in size and range to the large jumbo jets of today. The latest planes they are working on are UAV's (unmanned air vehicles). Does this mean we've come full circle going back to people not flying planes? Just my curious mind.
If you are interested in reading more about the history of flight from the Wright brothers to today we have several sites for you to check out. First you should read about the effort to repeat the Wright Brothers effort at www.countdowntokittyhawk.com/people/2003/training_gallery.html. After that www.aerofiles.com has a huge selection of great reading about all sorts of aircraft. Also if you are just interested in some incredible pictures of airplanes check out www.airliners.net. This site might just change your holiday travel plans ;-)
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Hum, sounds like a song! As we were driving around this past weekend we couldn't help but notice that every person in town has put up their Christmas lights. Well, not everyone, we haven't yet. But it sure is starting to look really pretty as you drive around at night. We always do something pretty modest in comparison to some people. We have neighbors who must have emptied out the Home Depot Christmas light shelves. WOW! There goes all the savings from our weekly conservation tips.
Here's a little tip for keeping your Christmas tree fresh and fire proof. We didn't get a chance to try it this year but it sure sounds interesting. The link takes you to a web page that has a method of fireproofing a Christmas tree. Gathering the ingredients for this process sounds like the biggest hassle, but supposedly the outcome is worth it. Or, like us, you can just watch the thing croak as time goes by :-)
Be sure and check out our craft site. There are lots of great gifts for your holiday shopping. If you are a crafter who would like to sell their creations through our web site please drop us a line and we'll see what we can do. We currently have Wood'n Wares, hand made maple kitchen utensils and Ron Godin's Adirondack art signs on display. Check them out at www.runnerduck.com/craft.htm.
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What's New This Week? We like to share good experiences when they happen and this past week we had one. We purchased a new cover for our camper trailer. It arrived in good time and we anxiously ran up to our trailer to install it. After about an hour of struggling we decided that it would not fit. The cover is supposed to fit trailers from 24' 1" to 26', our trailer is 26'. One of them must be lying because try as we might it would not go on.
We rolled it back up as best we could and stuffed it in the box. About a foot of it was still sticking above the box flaps. It was sort of like opening a road map. Once it was opened there was no going back. We called Camping World to see if they had the next size bigger and they did. We drove down to Tacoma Sunday to exchange it. So where's the good experience? Hold on!
Now when we got the cover it was on a super sale which is now over. The cashier wanted to charge us the difference of our original sale price and the current price of the new one, $58. We said that we should only pay the difference at the sale price. The checker called the manager and she was able to locate the old sales broacher that had the sale prices. It was only $12 dollars difference, much better. After all that I pulled out a certificate for $5 off anything in the store for joining their Presidents Club. The total came to just a little over $7.
All this to say that Camping World did a great job of satisfying their customer. This was our first dealings with them and we are sure it will not be the last. There are Camping Worlds all over the country. While we can't say that your neighborhood store is like ours, ours was great. You might just want to give them a try for your next camper item.
First, DON'T open up your email program, like Outlook or Eudora. Open your web browser instead. This will keep your email from downloading to your computer.
I log onto the Verizon web site and click "Email and More", his takes me to my remote email page. I see a message at the top that says "You have 36 unread emails". I click on that and up pops the a list of emails. I check the boxes of the emails I recognize as junk mail or emails that have attachments I don't recognize and then select "Delete Selected". This puts the emails into a trash folder. Open that trash folder and delete all emails from there. This way the spam and viruses never get to your email in box. Now you can open up your email program and only the remaining emails will be downloaded to your computer.
While this slows things down a little bit it's better than the alternative. I've found this to be quite effective in weeding out unwanted emails before they have a chance to do anything to my computer. Sometimes a little extra time spent protecting is a lot better than the alternative, like rebuilding your computer after a bad virus hit.
SITE OF THE WEEK
You've heard of "Dances With Wolves", well how about "Dances With Penguins"? A friend of ours, Philip Staiger, has a brother that went to Antarctica to see the solar eclipse of the sun. He has posted a pretty extensive travelogue of his adventure. Included in the pictures is one of him "dancing with a penguin". It has to be pretty incredible to be down there and interact with the cold climate wildlife. If you like reading about peoples travel adventures then we think you'll find this very interesting.
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Rudolph Gift Pouch
Here's another one of those fun projects that is not only a gift package but a gift in itself. Make a bunch of these and put surprise presents inside. Hang them on the tree for ornaments and then Christmas morning look inside for the gifts.
Here's what you'll need:
Dark Brown and Light Brown Felt
Using this pattern, cut the head cone and two antlers.
Click on picture for pattern
Using tacky glue adhere the antlers to the black card stock.
That's it. Fill it with candy or small gifts and hang it on the tree. There will be some really happy faces come Christmas morning.
We hope you enjoy Marilyn's Corner and look forward to all the fun things she brings you each week. If you have a fun project that would be suitable for our newsletter we'd love to share it with our readers. Just contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll do the rest.
Remember we have all of our past projects archived on our web site at www.runnerduck.com. Just click on the Projects or Kids Only Eggs.
Personalized Gifts for Kids
One of the really exciting things to get for Christmas is a toy that is personalized just for you. We have a large selection of toys that can be personalized for that special little someone this holiday. Check out them and all the great toys that are at fantastically low prices.
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Medium sized Idaho or Russet Potatoes - One for every two guests. (I prefer russet)
Wash and poke fork holes in potatoes to ensure thorough cooking.
Thanks Kim, those sound really simple for this busy time of year and good too.
Remember, if you have a recipe you'd like to share please send it to email@example.com.
Every month we post a new recipe on our web page. Be sure and check out the NEW December recipe at the RunnerDuck Kitchen Store.
"Potato" from The Williams-Sonoma Collection by Selma Brown Morrow
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